Friday Feature: James Frey and the Goodreads Trolls

I am really starting to get annoyed about the Goodreads trolls. I’m a book blogger so I guess I take reading and reviewing books seriously to a degree, but man, some people need to chill the fcuk out.

I’ve personally been involved in two incidents thus far. Firstly, I said in a review that a book was ‘vampire erotica’ and someone felt the need to tell me that it was in fact paranormal romance. I didn’t particularly take offence to the correction, but it was worded in a way which annoyed me. And I just thought why bother!?

The second incident, however, really ignited the rage in me. I requested a book from Netgalley without realising it was the second book in a series. We’ve all done it, right? I didn’t enjoy the book very much, but I put it down to that fact, and made that clear in my review. I even made a point of saying that people shouldn’t be put off by my 2/5 rating.

Someone took offence to this and decided to leave this lovely comment:

I also received this book as a giveaway. Knowing it was a SECOND book, I bought the FIRST book and read it BEFORE I received the other book. It is NOT FAIR to rate the SECOND book so low because YOU did not take it on yourself to READ THE FIRST BOOK BEFOREHAND!!! It is NOT the author’s fault that you walked into the mist in the middle!!!”


Alright Sarah, Jeeze. Funnily enough, once I pointed out exactly what I’d said in the review I didn’t hear another peep out of Sarah. And the best thing was that the author got in touch and asked if I’d like her to send me the first book to find out how the story began. She obviously didn’t have as many issues with my review as Sarah did.

What does this have to do with James Frey? I hear you cry. I’m getting to it, bear with me.

The other thing I hate about Goodreads is when people leave ‘reviews’ or comments on books BEFORE THEY’VE EVEN READ THEM. I mean, why? You can’t have an opinion until you’ve at least started the book, right?

And that’s what brings me to James Frey.

Oh James Frey, I do love you. I know that a lot of people don’t though, for various reasons, and that’s fine. But is there really any need to fill the Goodreads page for his upcoming book with such vileness. Go take a look.

So it sounds a bit like The Hunger Games? What doesn’t. And while we’re on the subject do these people really think THG was an original idea? REALLY? Battle Royale, anyone? The Long Walk? The Running Man? Gah.

And no one seems to mention the whole concept of this series, probably because they have no idea about it. Each book is a piece of a puzzle that will link up to a Google map, incorporating social media into a global treaure hunt. Kind of a modern version of the Masquerade hunt. It’s explained better here.

I think it sounds awesome, but whatever.

So to sum up: I love Goodreads, BUT CAN YOU JUST STOP. You know who you are.

Author: lipsyy

Creative Writing graduate. A Northerner in London. I probably love books a bit too much. Also enjoy vampires, unicorns, man love, tennis & can't get enough of trashy teen novels. I find myself thinking 'What Would Buffy Do?' way too frequently. HIYA!

14 thoughts on “Friday Feature: James Frey and the Goodreads Trolls”

  1. I decided very early on that I would just use Goodreads as a way of logging what I’d read and wouldn’t review; that’s what my blog’s for. Maybe it’s my age but I don’t feel the need to assert my opinion as aggressively as some people do. But I do know what you mean, a lot of the comments are just disproportionate

    1. Yeah it just gets a bit much sometimes. I mean, reviews are just opinions but I think too many people get carried away. And to comment on things before you’ve even read them makes no sense to me whatsoever!

      1. I agree; I think I only ever talk about stuff I haven’t read when I want to say I’m excited at the prospect of reading it, don’t think you can ever say more.

  2. This is one major reason why I don’t like Goodreads. Trolls and people reviewing a book before it comes out. Not even a real review, a review full of gifs and “OMG THE COVER IS SO PRETTY!” “OMG I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK!” “I LOOOOVE THIS AUTHOR!!!” “I HOPE THIS, THIS, AND THIS HAPPENS DURING THE BOOK” “BLAH BLAH BLAH”


    I have to wade through pages of reviews to read REAL reviews. UGH.

    1. YES! It’s soooooo annoying, and totally ruins a great website! I might not even bother putting my reviews on there anymore. Or at least not the full ones, it just seems pointless.

      1. I feel like a book shouldn’t be able to be reviewed until it’s out.I post my reviews there but I mostly just use goodreads to track my books. =/

  3. It drives me crazy when people rate books on Goodreads they haven’t even read yet. I get excited about books too, but I don’t assume it’s going to be wonderful (or in James Frey’s case, terrible). I want to hear what people who have actually read the book think. The internet makes it very easy for the crazies to voice their opinions and apparently they run in packs. These virtual mobs are relentless and unfortunately they feed off each other,

    1. They really do don’t they! I don’t understand where they all come from, or why they think it’s a good idea to spam pages like that! Argh!

  4. I confess I’m a bit abysmal with Goodreads – I virtually have about 20 friends! and I only post randomly on there. There’s so much in terms of social networking now that it almost makes it like hard work! Blog, twitter, facebook, Instagram, tumblr, goodreads – literally, I can’t keep up with all that! Or, I’m lazy!!!
    Lynn 😀

    1. Haha, no, it definitely is hard work to keep up! I don’t use Goodreads as a networking thing either, I just like it to keep track of what I’ve read and what I want to read, and for that it’s invaluable, but the other parts of it drive me mad. Mad I say!

  5. As in a lot of social media people seem unable to cope with someone having a different opinion to them. I had just one incident on Goodreads where the reviewer accused me of not having enough concentration and being another author down-voting this particular (not well-known) book to promote my own. Apart from stating that I wasn’t and getting a whole heap of abuse I decided not to engage but nor would I remove my review. I love the site and like posting my reviews but there is just no need for nastiness!

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